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  • Rescued boy becomes county’s first Project Lifesaver bracelet recipient


    A project that rolled out in late March is finally reaching its intended audience.

    Project Lifesaver,  which helps caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and autistic children, has been available for county residents since then.
    Randall Chesser, the seven-year-old autistic boy that went missing for nearly two days last month, is the first person to benefit from the program.
    The program includes a bracelet that resembles a wrist watch. The bracelet transmits a signal that carries over a 1.25 mile radius.

  • Local man charged with incest


    Kenneth W. Thompson, 44, of 202 Commercial Avenue in Springfield was charged with 36 counts of incest in Washington Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, on or about the spring of 2010 through March 2011 Thompson had sexual intercourse with a person who one knows to be an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister by forcible compulsion. The indictment states that the victim was younger than 18 years of age or incapable of consent because he or she is physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.

  • Fatal wreck occurs just outside county line on Hwy. 55

    According to a press release from Kentucky State Police, Trooper Fred Cornett is investigating a fatal collision that occurred at approximately 12:54 EST on Hwy. 55, two miles north of Lebanon. 

    Monte Edelen, 54, of Lebanon was operating a 1998 Ford pickup.  Edelen was southbound on Hwy. 55 and attempted to make a U-turn, pulling into the pathway of a 1993 Ford log truck, operated by 67-year-old John Dowd of Owenton. 

    Dowd was treated and released at the Spring View Hospital. 

  • Lincoln Heritage Scenic Byway meeting open to the public

    A meeting about the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Byway will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the conference room of the Springfield Opera House.

    Topics to be discussed are sign designs, effective sign placement and marketing.

     The public is invited to come by this meeting and listen to their presentation and share ideas about the newly designated 71 mile national scenic byway that travels through Hodgenville,  New Haven, Bardstown, Springfield, Perryville and Danville.

     

  • Patriots enjoy winning weekend of volleyball


    The chance of a letdown was possible Saturday when the Patriot volleyball team took on the visiting Shawnee State Bears, just 17 hours after they notched a big five-set win over the Rio Grande RedStorm.

    But Adam Stevenson’s team took care of business with a 3-1OK win over the visitors, giving them a winning weekend in Mid-South Conference play.

  • Can’t get past Taylor County

    Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    The Commanderette soccer team fell to 0-7 for the season on Thursday night with a 7-0 loss to Taylor County. Washington County’s offensive struggles continued, but coach Seamus Marrinan was pleased with the improvement he saw from his team.
    “Overall we played better,” he said via e-mail. “We had a 25-minute period in the second half where we kept them from scoring, and we were able to catch Taylor County in six offsides calls.”

  • Secretary of State candidates believe in their backgrounds


    Bill Johnson is running for Kentucky Secretary of State because he is concerned about the future of the Commonwealth. Alison Lundergan Grimes is running because Kentuckians are hurting and she thinks they need and deserve strong leaders.

    Grimes, the Democratic candidate, and Johnson, the Republican candidate, will square off on Election Day, Nov. 8.
    Grimes, 32, is a business attorney, and she thinks her background is important to understand state and federal election laws as well as business laws in Kentucky.

  • High school exterior drawings unveiled


    Two drawings of the new high school building were shown on Thursday at a special-called school board meeting, but the board members opted to send them back for some changes.

    Drawings and a presentation were shown of two versions of the building, which featured architecture that presented a progressive look.
    Four schemes were originally presented at the SWEDA retention breakfast in September, but after review and comments from the pubic, the drawings were narrowed down to two.

  • Lassiter named GM / advertising manager of The Sun; Osbourne named editor


    Judy “Shorty” Lassiter has been named GM/advertising manager of The Springfield Sun in Springfield. Lassiter assumed her new leadership duties at the weekly on Oct. 1.

    In this newly restructured role at the business unit, Lassiter will be responsible for both advertising sales and operational oversight of the weekly newspaper and Twin County Advantage that serves the Washington County market.
    She will directly coach and lead the newspaper staff in the day-to-day newspaper operation.

  • P.O. rent can be lowered


    In an attempt to save the post office in Mackville, the landlords of the building want the United States Postal Service to know that the rent can be negotiated to a lower fee in order to help keep the service in the community.

    The Masons own the building that the post office is in, and according to member Bobby Lee Russell, they are willing to negotiate to keep the business in town.